The flavor of Richart Chocolates from France is exceptional, sensual and each one a piece of art and a total delight for the senses. We asked him about his process in creating those fabulous chocolates.
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Michel Richart on the smells he remembers from his youth and how they influenced his life.
“I remember extremely well the times when I was a child and went to see relatives – not very close relatives but still, my godfather and godmother- and one of my favorite pastimes was to go smell the tomato crops and even the tomato leaves, because the leaves of tomatoes have an unbelievably strong smell of tomato.”
It was extremely enjoyable for me to do this on vacation so I don’t know if this is the kind of answer that you are looking for but it could make people understand me better to go and touch the tomato leaves for themselves, and to crush them with their hands because it really smells incredibly like tomato. It is actually all the stronger with tomatoes that you’ve just picked up in the garden and that you don’t even need to wash and you just wipe because there is always a bit of dirt that spurted on them when it was raining. I had the same experience with blackcurrant leaves, although it hasn’t influenced me as much. I had a grandma who had a blackcurrant bush –I remember that really well- and it was interesting for me not to eat the blackcurrant, but to walk around and cut the branches of the bush because they smell extremely good.
Also, and this is a very common thing to say because everyone has experienced this before, I remember the smell of Christmas trees. I don’t know if they smell as strong in the USA as they do here in France, but at least that is something we all have in common.
HISTORY OF RICHART
The history of RICHART begins in 1925 on the Croix Rousse hill in Lyon France. On this site, my father – Joseph RICHART, master chocolate maker – maintained his laboratory. My childhood was sweet, indeed, and instilled in my siblings and myself a taste for the highest quality, a passion for all things beautiful, and a love for work well done. Two generations later, we consider it our daily mission to seek out both an inexhaustible supply of the finest cocoa the world has to offer and, along with it, an equally endless amount of the happiness and pleasure that chocolate has to offer. It is my sincere hope that you derive as much pleasure from tasting and sharing RICHART chocolate as we take in creating it for you.”
Michel RICHART (Chocolate maker)